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Follow My Example

 

It does matter how we look to others. What do people see in you that they like? Could someone follow your behavior as a good example? Paul was bold enough to say follow my example and others who live the life he proclaimed. Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set for you” (Philippians 3:17 AMP). Us grace people often disparage the idea of behavior or performance. In one way, it is true that God has an unconditional love for us that performance and behavior can’t change. Our motive in life is not to try to impress God with our good behavior but to allow the image of Jesus to shine through us. Behavior is highly subjective.

The older generation always thinks the behavior of the younger generation stinks, but they forget they were once the generation that older people didn’t like. However, Paul intimates that there is a pattern in scripture which helps us live the life that glorifies God. There are many imperatives in this verse such as, “follow my example,” that show us the way to allowing Jesus to shine through us. We don’t look at these as ways to get points with God, but ways to show Jesus to the world.